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Roy Del RuthTopper Returns (1941)

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Gail Richards is accompanying Ann Carrington who is visiting her father, Henry, at his spooky, old, country estate. It's been many years since she's seen him. They get a lift from Cosmo Topper, who lives in the neighborhood. Gail is murdered that night, and her spirit seeks out Topper to find out who killed her and why.

Stars: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, and H. B. Warner

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This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Producer: Hal Roach
Production Company: Hal Roach Studios
Audio/Visual: Mono, Black & White
Language: English
Keywords: Comedy; Mystery; Murder; Suspense; Fantasy

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars4.75 out of 5 stars4.75 out of 5 stars4.75 out of 5 stars4.75 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: TheCalebWallace - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 9, 2011
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Hi, I did a video review of this movie feel free to watch it at the link below.
http://youtu.be/KQ2_3QhEBG0

Reviewer: Kodachrome - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 27, 2010
Subject: A top quality film
The play was entertaining, moved well, and was fun to watch.

Billie Burke (who played Glinda, the Good Witch in the Wizard of OZ), plays the air-headed wife of Cosmo Topper (played by Roland Young), a mild mannered, apologetically polite man, who finds himself in a number of uncomfortable, inexplainable situations.

Joan Blondell plays the victim of this murder mystery, who has the temerity to refuse to play dead. Her spirit enlists the aid of and guides Cosmo, to ferret out why and by whom she was killed.

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson's character wore a bit thin for me. The whole "I'm a Negro and I am scared of ghosts" gag, is a bit tiring. I prefer Mantan Moreland's "Birmingham Brown" portrayal of this stereotype, if it must be included in a play. He did have one great line about going back to work for Jack Benny.

Overall, a great mystery with a great cast and great direction.

5 stars

Reviewer: The Bridge - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 21, 2010
Subject: Yes, a fun film.
All the folks in this do what they got paid for, they did a good job with this script.
I saw this in the theaters, and have watched it at least twenty or thirty times since then, I even shelled out the long green to by the set put out by Turner on DVD, well worth it. But download this from the nice folks at Archive.org, and you will like it.
I have always liked Joan Blondell, and when you add all the others it is really fun.

Reviewer: Albert Schlef - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 22, 2010
Subject: Nice!
I downloaded this movie because I actually thought it'd be *boring* (just for the heck of it).

But I was wrong. It's a great film! Funny, too.

I liked most the scene in the freezer. I love that maid (Patsy Kelly).

If you liked this movie you may also like The Gorilla (Patsy Kelly is there too, and the police officer acts somewhat similar to the detective there.)